What causes body odour?
Within the armpit microbial community, there is a group of bacteria called Staphylocci that contributes to odour by encountering the sweat and transforming it.
When these bacteria break down sweat, they form products called thioalcohols, which emit smells not too dissimilar to sulfur, onions or meat.
When the thioalcohols evaporate from the armpit, they create the body odour.Is an antiperspirant better than a deodorant?
An antiperspirant uses aluminium that creates a chemical reaction forming a temporary plug in the sweat gland.
Since there is no sweat, the bacteria cannot transform it into a smelly odour.
The use of aluminium has been a concern due to its potential health risks in developing breast cancer. Although in the past there has been conflicting, inconclusive results, recent studies do show that aluminium is a significant risk of breast cancer and that aluminium has been found in breast tissue.
A deodorant does not temporarily plug up sweat glands. It controls the wetness with ingredients that contain potent absorbing qualities, such as arrowroot in our deodorant formula.
Bacteria is also controlled with the use of natural ingredients, such as zinc that trap and neutralize the odour that bacteria forms.
All in all, the body is designed to sweat but we don't have to smell as a result!Is it normal to sweat?
Absolutely. It is the body's normal and important function to regulate body temperature.
The wet feeling from sweat can be controlled using effective absorbers, such as the use of our food-grade arrowroot powder.If I am using an antiperspirant, what will happen when I switch to a natural deodorant?
Usually, there is an adjustment phase which can last from as little to a day to a month (in very rare cases). This may result in temporary increased odour and sweat due to the adjustment of the bacterial community in your armpit.
You can read more about it here on our blog: Switching to a Natural deodorant